KUWAIT: As the decision to ban the issuance of work permits for those 60 without a university degree is approaching (from Jan 1), it seems the only solution for thousands from such expats is to transfer to family visas. Director General of the Public Authority for Manpower Ahmad Al-Mousa told Al-Rai the authority is going ahead with implementing the decision, adding that workers were given enough time to adjust their legal status.

The decision will be applied as their residency permits expire, which will not be renewed. Mousa said the decision does not prevent such people from adjusting their status through a family visa or any other visa type. He said the decision was made after a comprehensive study based on statistics, reminding that the decision does not apply to expats holding degrees.

800,000 expats deported
KUWAIT: Kuwait has deported 800,000 expatriates of 22 nationalities in the period between 1992 and 2020, Al-Qabas reported yesterday quoting security sources. Meanwhile, the same sources revealed that a special system to detect forged passports has stopped more than 25,000 expats who tried to re-enter Kuwait with forged passports after being deported earlier, and that since the system was installed in 2011.

Medical staff return
KUWAIT: The Ministry of Health prepared lists of expatriate medical staff members stuck outside in preparation for their return to Kuwait in the coming few days, Al-Jarida reported yesterday quoting informed sources. The returnees will have to complete a seven-day compulsory quarantine period before returning to work, the sources added.